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Cities without Suburbs: A Census 2010 Perspective

Cities without Suburbs, first published in 1993, has influenced analysis of America’s cities by city planners, scholars, and citizens alike. David Rusk, the former mayor of Albuquerque, argues that America must end the isolation of the central city from the suburbs if it is to solve its urban problems.

Cities without Suburbs

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we turn our attention to the newest edition of a book that looks at the intersection of cities and their suburbs and suggests that the solutions to many urban problems may be found there. Our guests are David Rusk, a former mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico  and the author of the book, “Cities without Suburbs.”  Also Blair Ruble, Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program.

The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

A panel of experts shared their views on the current status of religious minorities in Middle East, especially in light of developments after the “Arab Spring,” and provided strategies and recommendations for how these minorities can be protected. 

The Reinvention of Brazil's Largest City


The relocation of industries since the 1970s away from areas that ring the center of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city has created a major challenge for authorities and urban planners: to reinvent the metropolis in ways that make it more livable for its citizens and valuable to community as a whole. To answer this challenge, the São Paulo State government has developed Casa Paulista, an ambitious project of urban renewal being advanced in cooperation with the local government.

The State of the Border Report

As the debate over immigration reform has brought the management of the U.S.-Mexico border back into the spotlight, this report provides a comprehensive look at the state of affairs in the management of the U.S.-Mexico border and the border region, focusing on four core areas: trade and competitiveness, security, sustainability, and quality of life. The report suggests that rather than consider each issue individually, the interdependent nature of topics like trade and security demand the border be approached from a more holistic perspective.

Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin

Kennan Institute U.S. Alumni Series

This book examines how, beginning under Khrushchev in 1953, a generation of Soviet citizens moved from the overcrowded communal dwellings of the Stalin era to modern single-family apartments, later dubbed khrushchevka. Arguing that moving to a separate apartment allowed ordinary urban dwellers to experience Khrushchev’s thaw, Steven E. Harris fundamentally shifts interpretation of the thaw, conventionally understood as an elite phenomenon.

Rediscovering the Umma

Ina Merdjanova, former Southeast Europe policy scholar, releases her latest monograph Rediscovering the Umma (Oxford University Press, 2013).

A Wary Welcome: Varying Reception of Migrants in Russian Cities

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Eurasian Migration Paper #7, 2013. PDF 42 pages.